Network Storage: Lesson 5 of 5.
In this lesson, we
will explore the storage technologies you can expect to see in the near future.
Due to an increase in amount and types of information being
created, as well as rules and regulations that require more and better
retention of data, new storage technologies are quickly evolving. Existing tape
and disk backup technologies are experiencing innovations that bring larger
capacity and faster speed for storage. And every day, new technologies—such as
magnetic RAM chips and holographic data storage—are starting to see the light
of day as well.
While it is difficult to predict what the future holds in
terms of storage, here are some of the most likely trends:
cost of storage will continue to fall
storage needs will continue to grow
security and integrity will become more and more important as more people
conduct online transactions
types of data that need to be backed up will change. Where you now have
spreadsheets, documents, and tables, you’ll soon be seeing a need to store
larger audio and video files.
What’s next for Storage?
future of tape for data storage: the 1-TB cartridge and beyond
This article from computer Technology Review discusses
new advances in Virtual Tape solutions.
Magentic RAM (MRAM) Images
Magnetic RAM chips use magnetic rather than electrical structures to store information, so they do not need to be constantly powered to
retain data, like current RAM technologies. They are also much faster and less
expensive to make than today’s nonvolatile Flash memory. Read about it here.
3D clustered storage
The Navy wields a new and unlikely weapon in its arsenal of surface
combat systems: a future-proof storage area network (SAN). Using Magnitude 3D
storage clusters from Xiotech, the Navy’s Surface
Combat Systems Center (SCSC) lab can now adapt at combat speed to meet the
technical needs of the crews that develop, tune, and deploy national defense
Envisions Role of Paper in Optical Data Storage Future
Sony and Toppan Printing have developed an optical disk that uses the
next-generation Blu-ray Disc format and is
constructed partially of paper. As much as 51 percent of the optical disk
consists of paper, leading to benefits such as reduced manufacturing cost and
easy labeling, disposal, and destruction.
- Holographic Data
Storage: New Technology Meets Exponential Growth Needs
Holographic Data Storage (HDS) is a technology that makes possible storage
densities that exceed the barriers of traditional magnetic and optical
recording. HDS has the capability to meet and exceed the expected storage
demands well into the 21st century.
- Holographic data
storage: An overview
Innovations, developments, and new insights gained in the design and operation
of working storage platforms, novel optical components and techniques, data
coding and signal processing algorithms, systems tradeoffs, materials testing
and tradeoffs, and photon-gated storage materials are summarized.
Tape Growth for the Future
In this white paper, from Quantum Corporation, experts say to expect the
capacity of tape cartridges to increase faster than disk drives for the
foreseeable future. Automated tape will become more appealing for the
rapidly growing archive, compliance, and fixed content applications as
well as backup/recovery applications.
Systems Consolidation: The Next Generation
This white paper by Technology Alignment Partners describes the emerging
trend toward storage consolidation architectures and the cost reductions
and service improvements they promise enterprise computing environments.
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